(This post originally written for My Colorado View.)
This is the first post I’ve ever made to this blog. I’ve met many of the other women who write here and I didn’t think I could write anything as well as they could. Well, I hope I’m wrong, because I just discovered My Colorado View. I didn’t expect it, but during a rally yesterday had an epiphany of sorts.
It all started when my son told me he had to play in the pep band for Michelle Obama’s speech at his high school yesterday. My first instinct was to tell him there was no way I was going to let him do that and then lock him in his room. I had known Michelle Obama was going to be speaking at his high school, but had blocked it out of my mind. We had to go to the school and move his instrument and music to a place where the secret service could check it. After I dropped him off, I posted about it on Facebook. Someone from the Arapahoe Tea Party commented that I should join the people holding signs the next day. I knew that AFP-Colorado was also going to be there. I decided that sounded like a great plan and I could kill two birds with one stone as it were.
Well, I dropped Brady off at the school just before 7:30 in the morning and the crowd was already starting to line up. I drove around the area a few times to see if any of the others had arrived yet, but they were running a bit late. I finally found some of the group and joined with them on one corner and started doing my part by holding one end of the banner, “Will Work for Gas”. It was as I was standing in my neighborhood, outside the excellent school that has taught my children, that I thought of what this neighborhood meant to me and what we should be doing to actually be heard.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved that we were there letting people know how we felt about what’s been going on in our country. I’ve been to other events and had a great time, but this time was different somehow. I couldn’t tell how at first, but then I realized what it was. We were missing our chance to really share our message in a meaningful way. This wasn’t just waving signs and calling out to cars. This was people, many of whom were walking by us to attend a visit by the first lady, someone who meant a great deal to the people attending. There were families with young children and they were dressed up for the obviously important event that they wanted to share with their children.
I was already feeling as though I didn’t have anything to offer to this group, so I just stood holding the banner and just watched the people. We had some people who were calling out to the crowd and I even called out once in a while. We all wanted our thoughts to be heard and for Michelle Obama to know how we felt. But, were we really speaking to Michelle Obama or the people arriving to hear her speak? Every time someone was walking by and we called out, we lost our chance to show our true selves and connect with these people.
I didn’t feel the epiphany coming. I guess that’s how epiphanies work. They just sort of sneak up on you and then burst into your mind like an answer to a question you didn’t know you were even asking. Mine started to really start moving when I saw a small African-American family walking toward the corner across the way so they could cross the street and continue to the school. I watched them and remembered when my husband and I moved here 16 years ago, to this exact neighborhood, with our two small sons. The neighborhood welcomed us and made us feel a part of it from the beginning. It’s where I learned to love Colorado and where our sons grew up to become Colorado natives. It had nurtured our small family through good times and bad. We have made lifelong friends here, attended church here and my kids have attended all their years of school here. Right in this beautiful neighborhood we were standing in. It suddenly made this rally much more personal to me.
I watched the young boy and girl in this family and saw their reactions when people in our group called out, “Hey Michelle…Shut up and eat your broccoli.” I started to have a strong feeling in my chest that this was making them uncomfortable. What if they had never been in an all white or mostly white neighborhood before? What if all they and their parents knew of us was the crazy stuff in the media that says we hate the president because he’s black? What if they thought we were yelling because they were black? I didn’t want them to feel uncomfortable or scared in my neighborhood. My kids had never felt uncomfortable or scared there and I was starting to feel strongly that we were handling our rally/protest the wrong way. This was our chance to make an impression on these people. To show them we’re not the way the media has portrayed us.
A bit later I saw two women driving by looking for the school. They looked at us and even though they saw our signs, they felt comfortable enough to try to ask us for directions. Just as I was trying to give them the directions, someone called out again about Michelle and I was unable to help them. I saw them after they had turned around and were waiting for a light to change. I let them know where the school was and places they could park if the school parking lots were all full.
That’s when I realized it. We had missed out. We were so busy trying to get our message to Michelle, we didn’t realize what our message to these guests in my neighborhood was. We needed to see them. We needed to understand their need to go and see a woman they greatly admired. I thought about how we could have done it better. The signs were great for getting the message to the passing cars and many people honked in support, but we lost every one of those people when we yelled something about Michelle.
I realized we need to be for something, not against something. Sometimes we let our passion and our anger about how we feel about President Obama and the changes he’s made to our country overshadow the message we’re really trying to get out there. I think when it’s a more personal situation, like a neighborhood, we need to change our approach. If we need to call out, it should be a list of things this president has done that we don’t approve of. Many of these people might not know some of these things. After all, they probably watch network news or channels like MSNBC. I think we could also have some fliers with these concerns to hand out as people walk by. They might just throw it away, or maybe they’ll give it a glance and see things they didn’t even know about. We still hold our signs, but we also make them feel welcome in our neighborhoods. Let them see we’re not the screaming maniacs the mainstream media has tried to convince them we are.
I think about today. Will any of those families feel as though they were welcome in my neighborhood? I don’t think they will. Neighborhoods aren’t the same as rallying downtown, or at some event. I want people who come to visit my neighborhood to feel as comfortable and safe as I’ve always felt here. We should all feel that way, otherwise we just help widen the divide between us. It’s our love and compassion that will change their minds, eventually.
I don’t know if I fit in at these rallies, but I’m not going to give up on my need to take part somehow. I’ve had fun before, but this time I learned more than ever before. Why can’t my feeling about my neighborhood extend to my feeling about my country. I’m attending Restoring Love in Dallas, TX in July because I know love will be what saves us in the end. Now, I’ve felt that love in my own Colorado neighborhood. I know there are more ways to reach out. Believe me, I can yell out our message as loud as anyone, and with just as much passion. I just think sometimes there’s a better way. I’m a mom. I stood there yesterday as a mom, wondering if any of those people would feel comfortable coming to my neighborhood again. I don’t think they would and that makes me sad.
That’s My Colorado View.
I’ve also posted this at: My Colorado View
This video presented by Lee Stranahan, describes briefly who Brett Kimberlin is:
Gateway Pundit Stands With Our Fellow Conservatives on ‘Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day’ | The Gateway Pundit
From what I’ve read about this guy, it is my OPINION that he is a dangerous, vindictive liar. I have read what he has done to various bloggers, yet I only heard of him earlier this week. Why hasn’t his face been everywhere? Well, it’s obviously up to conservative bloggers everywhere to stand up and tell the truth about Brett Kimberlin.
Let’s see what Gateway Pundit has to say on the issue:
(This was cross-posted at FreedomWorks)
We Will Not Be Silent
In the past year bloggers such as Aaron Walker, Stacy McCain, Patterico and Liberty Chick (Aaron Worthington) have been harassed and threatened by a terrorist known as the “Speedway Bomber” Brett Kimberlin. Kimberlin was convicted of several federal felonies in 1981 and sentenced to 50 years for terrorizing an Indiana town with a weeklong bombing spree. Kimberlin was released from prison in 2000 and since his release he has harassed and threatened anyone who dares to write about his past or current actions. Stacy McCain has not been silenced by this terrorist. He has been forced to leave his home in order to continue his investigation from an undisclosed location.
Brett Kimberlin is a nightmare. In fact, he is the stuff nightmares are made of. American citizens, exercising their First Amendment right to speak freely, are being viciously targeted and terrorized by a George Soros-funded violent domestic terrorist. Today, in a strong showing of unity, spearheaded by Michelle Malkin, bloggers across the country are standing together to expose this predator of free speech to the world.
Read Patrick Frey’s (Patterico) horrific experience as a target of a new tactic of terrorism called SWATting,
You’re about to listen to one of the most bone-chilling pieces of audio you will ever hear. At least, it was to me when I first heard it.
It’s a phone call that could have gotten me killed.
In this post you will hear that audio clip. You will also read about a months-long campaign of harassment carried out by at least three individuals: Ron Brynaert, Neal Rauhauser, and Brett Kimberlin — much of it directed at critics of Brett Kimberlin. This harassment includes repeated references to critics’ family members, workplace complaints, publication of personal information such as home addresses and pictures of residences, bogus allegations of criminal activity, whisper campaigns, frivolous legal actions, and frivolous State Bar complaints.
And finally, you will hear a comparison of one of those men’s voices to that of the man who made the call that sent police to my home. And you’ll read a declaration from a forensic audio expert comparing those two voices. …
Here is the disturbing call that sent police to the Frey’s home…
You can check out more of the Brett Kimberlin story at Gateway Pundit.
You can also read more about this at:
Read more about Patrick Frey’s family ordeal here.
Also see… Aaron Walker’s blog, Stacy McCain’s, and Liberty Chick Mandy Nagy’s Twitter feed. Mandy wrote a comprehensive investigative piece at Breitbart.com that apparently set all the insanity in motion.
The National Bloggers Club has stepped up to the plate and set up a donation page to help support the bloggers targeted by Kimberlin.
** This was cross-posted at FreedomWorks with this final remark:
“At FreedomWorks we support conservative bloggers. We support the talent and the truth of the conservative media. We know there is a long way to go in defeating the institutionalized leftist media. But at FreedomWorks we have seen success and at we are confident we will win.”
More…John Hawkins interviewed Stacy McCain about his ordeal with the terrorist.
I got all of this information at Gateway Pundit.
So why didn’t they just show this in the beginning? We knew all about President Bush’s college years and his single, drinking years, and his married years, etc… Why is this President so secretive about his college years?
Check out this article at Breitbart.com:
The image above–never before released–is from public records at Columbia University that prove that Obama did, in fact, graduate in 1983 from the Ivy League school. Contrary to some conspiracy theories, Obama was a student within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences–not the less selective, “nontraditional” Columbia University School of General Studies (which only merged with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in 1990).
This never-before-seen document debunks a persistent myth that is unfairly unfavorable to the President.
Some “fact-checking” websites–such as snopes.com andFactCheck.org–have attempted to debunk the “Obama never graduated Columbia” conspiracy theory before. Yet they have relied almost entirely on secondary sources and mainstream media reports, which fail to cite primary sources. And the Obama campaign has not provided details of his admission to, or graduation from, the prestigious Ivy League school.
Crucially, Obama has refused to release his college transcripts from Columbia and Occidental College, which certainly do exist. Other candidates–such as George W. Bush–released their transcripts, though their grades were not necessarily flattering.
Read the rest at Breitbart.com.
Weasel Zippers » Blog Archive » Obama Justice Department Awards $400,000 In Grants To Group That Includes Former Weather Underground Radical Bernardine Dohrn…
I would say this is unbelievable, but is it really? Why can’t people see what’s going on? It’s so obvious.
Via National Review:
Bernardine Dohrn has a history with the Justice Department. More specifically, in the early 1970s, she was one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives because of her actions with the Weather Underground, a violent radical organization.
Times have changed. In 2010 and 2011, the Justice Department saw fit to give $400,000 in grants to an organization that lists Dohrn as a member of its board of directors: a $150,000 grant in September of 2010 and a $250,000 grant a year later.
Check out Weasel Zippers for more great stuff.
I want you to do your own homework too. Look at the groups getting grants, subsidies and other money from this administration.
Obama: I Can Do Every Job Better Than Those I Hire to Do It – By Jim Geraghty – The Campaign Spot – National Review Online
Wow, we obviously didn’t know he was the smartest man ever! Does the word narcissist come to anyone else’s mind? Check out what it says at the National Review Online:
It appears one of the great challenges that President Obama has had to overcome in office is that no one around him is as good at his job as he is.
From Jodi Kantor’s The Obamas, page 66:
Obama had always had a high estimation of his ability to cast and run his operation. When David Plouffe, his campaign manager, first interviewed for a job with him in 2006, the senator gave him a warning: “I think I could probably do every job on the campaign better than the people I’ll hire to do it,” he said. “It’s hard to give up control when that’s all I’ve known.” Obama said nearly the same thing to Patrick Gaspard, whom he hired to be the campaign’s political director. “I think I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters,” Obama told him. “I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.”
This is not some long-ago sentiment, or momentary lapse into egoism. Michelle Obama declared at a Democrat party fundraiser in California last June:
“He reads every word, every memo, so he is better prepared than the people briefing him,” she said. “This man doesn’t take a day off.”
I first found this story at Weasel Zippers. Be sure and check it out.
Allen West: Muslim Brotherhood & Extremist Groups Are Influencing U.S. Strategy | Video | TheBlaze.com
He’s the bravest guy I know. He will always tell it the way it is! Take a look.
Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) is never afraid to take a stand on the issues he holds dear, which is why the conservative politician is taking aim at the FBI for removing nearly 900 pages of allegedly-offensive training materials. According to West, this action, which was taken after Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) complained about some of the materials’ contents, is a form of “cultural suicide.”
Durbin, who wrote a letter to FBI director Robert Mueller about the situation, complained that the controversial documentation could lead Muslims and others to be targeted based on their religion. “There is a real risk that agents will be operating on false assumptions about Arab-Americans and American Muslims,” Durbin maintained.
West, though, said that the removal is evidence that extremist Muslim groups are holding sway over U.S. strategy. He discussed the issue of “tolerance” and its relation to the situation in an interview with Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” on Monday morning.
“We have to understand that when tolerance becomes a one-way street it leads to cultural suicide,” he said. “We should not allow the Muslim Brotherhood or associated groups to be influencing our national strategy.”
West’s main concern is that the U.S. seems to be watering down its definition of who America’s enemies are. In an attempt to decrease how intensely officials offend extremists, the politician claims that leaders are potentially endangering the nation.
Watch the video:
Thanks to The Blaze.